How to protect my feet when playing tennis?
August 4, 2013 7:40 PM   Subscribe

I started playing tennis awhile back and have been having problems with skin tearing off the inside balls of both feet. I've tried a bunch of different things to stop this from happening without success....any ideas?

Have tried various combinations of things including different, tennis-specific shoes, different socks, several kinds of medical and athletic tape, gauze, moleskin, liquid bandages, foot powder etc etc.
posted by aerotive to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total)
Tennis is brutal on your feet. I've played all my life, my feet are very calloused, but I still end up with blisters on occasion. My recommendation is to wear two pairs of socks, and stop when you start feeling the damage start to begin.
posted by Edward L at 8:03 PM on August 4, 2013

It sounds like you're wearing tennis-specific shoes--these have a tendency to hew close to the arches of your feet (for stability) and can delaminate the skin from the soles of your feet.

I tape my soles pretty extensively every time I wear my tennis shoes. I also put band-aids on my fourth toe, where I have callouses. That regimen works out pretty well--and it's very sport/shoe specific. I don't do any of those things when I am working out at the gym.
posted by yellowcandy at 9:07 PM on August 4, 2013

Are there any clay courts available for you to play on? The difference in stress on feet hard court versus clay court can be large to really freaking huge depending on how much you are stressing your feet running back and forth on them.
posted by bukvich at 8:01 AM on August 5, 2013

Response by poster: No clay courts around here that I know of. Gonna try some different tape and bandages again, and take Edward L's advice to stop immediately after feeling damage or pain.
posted by aerotive at 6:31 AM on August 7, 2013

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